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Continuing in the long tradition of great American girl groups.

  • Dec 12, 2008
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From the earliest days of the "Your Hit Parade" radio program in the mid 1930's American radio audiences have been treated to a succession of great girl groups.  Starting with the Boswell Sisters in the 1930's and succeeded by such notable recording acts as the Andrews Sisters in the 40's and 50's and the Ronettes, Supremes and Shangri-La's in the 1960's the girl group sound always proved to be an extremely popular genre.  Oddly enough, girl groups largely disappeared from the airwaves during the 1970's and it was not until 1984 when the British group Bananarama burst onto the scene with the classic hit "Cruel Summer" did interest in the girl group sound begin to re-emerge.  Shortly thereafter a pair of promising American girl groups found their way onto the Billboard charts.  The Bangles would appear first with the great single "Manic Monday" in early 1986. Just about a year later in February 1987 three talented young ladies from Miami released their debut single "Come Go With Me".  Over the next six years Expose would amass a total of 10 Top 40 hits. "Expose: Greatest Hits" features most of these tunes along with some cuts from their albums and a pair of Remixes that were wildly popular on the nation's dance floors during those years.

"Seasons Change" would prove to be Expose's biggest hit.  Released in the fall of 1987 it would spend one week at the top of the Billboard charts.  All in all, Expose would rack up a total of 8 Top Ten hits including "Tell Me Why", "Let Me Be The One",  "Point of No Return" and 1989's "What You Don't Know".   All are included in this collection.   I also enjoyed "When I Looked At Him" as well as the group's take on the old Skeeter Davis tune "The End of The World" .  Of all of the tunes that Expose released my favorite hands down has to be "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me". Released in 1993 this would prove to be Expose's last big hit. Too bad because my ears tell me that the group had really matured and come of age and was probably destined for much bigger and better things. But alas, this simply never happened. History seems to suggest that with the exception of the Andrews Sisters girl groups only have a shelf life of 5 or 6 years
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I have owned "Expose: Greatest Hits" for several years now and I don't believe I have ever played it from end to end until now.  But I have gained a new respect for the vocal prowess of this extremely talented group.  Some of the tracks on this disc I really didn't enjoy all that much.  The remixes of tunes like "I Specialize In Love" and "Come Go With Me" may sound great on the dance floor but do nothing for me listening at home or in my car.  Perhaps my age is showing here.  In any event I found Expose to be a worthy successor to the long line of great American girl groups.  See if you agree!     Recommended.

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Exposé racked up an impressive number of dance and adult contemporary hit singles in the late '80s and early '90s, and most of them are collected on this almost perfect Greatest Hits. All their hits from Exposure are here, including their Top Five smashes "Come Go With Me" and "Point of No Return," the soulful Top Ten hit "Let Me Be the One," and the chart-topping ballad "Seasons Change," as well as the club hit "Exposed to Love." Additionally, "Point of No Return" and "Let Me Be the One" were remixed when released as singles -- those single remixes are the versions included here, as well as the single edits of all their other hits. Also included are the single versions of their hits from their sophomore album, What You Don't Know, including the brass-heavy title track, the almost hip-hop "Tell Me Why," and the luscious ballads "When I Looked at Him" and "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue." Vocalist Gioia Bruno left after their second album and, with their third, self-titled set, the formula began to weaken, although they did score one major Top Ten hit with the ballad "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me," included here. The first single from that album, "I Wish the Phone Would Ring," was sadly left off, as were two lesser follow-ups: "In Walked Love" and "As Long as I Can Dream" which, for better or for worse, sound more like bad Wilson Phillips ballads than traditional Exposé hits. Finally, this set includes a couple of new recordings: the ballad "I'll Say Goodbye ...

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Artist: Expose
Label: Arista
Genre: Pop
Release Date: November 21, 1995

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